FORMER WBO World light-middleweight champion Jaime Munguia admitted he was hurt and confused during last Saturday's clash with Cork's Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan in Texas.
The undefeated Mexican, who was making his debut at middleweight, improved to 35 wins after O'Sullivan's corner retired their man in the 11th round in San Antonio.
But O'Sullivan exposed enough chinks in Munguia's armour to suggest that the 23-year Tijuana native is still not mature enough to step into a ring with Gennady Golovkin or Saul Canelo.
O'Sullivan was left with bruising on his legs from being repeatedly hit with low blows by Munguia, who was docked a point for punching below the belt.
Following that sanction, O'Sullivan again glanced at the ref after another punch flew south of the border.
"The sorest thing about me is my leg. He hit me a good few shots in my leg.
"I'm walking around limping," said the Leesider, who dropped the 30 wins from 34 outings after the loss.
"This was a new division for me," said Munguia.
"I felt stronger. I just needed to adjust my speed to feel entirely comfortable.
"I would give my performance a seven or an eight because I needed to do a few more things, but we will get there fight by fight.
"I was confused about whether to attack or not to attack.
"Sometimes I thought I had to attack, but I didn't. But thanks to my corner and Erik Morales I was able to get him. I was more attentive, even though I still got punched a few times and he hurt me.
"I would like to fight the best of this division; Canelo, Golovkin.
"I know they have more experience, but I look forward to those fights."